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Spring festivals 2017


  • (Apr. 8 – 9)World War I Encampment

    Rockford, IL

    A living-history encampment at Midway Village, with reenactors portraying soldiers from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, marks the 103nd anniversary of the start of World War I.

  • (Apr. 15)Easter at the Castle

    Minneapolis, MN

    The American Swedish Institute hosts an Easter egg hunt in the 33-room Turnblad Mansion. There will also be crafts, storytelling and Easter tree-decorating.

  • (Apr. 22)Earth Day Birding Festival

    Hastings, MN

    This festival at Carpenter Nature Center includes bird-banding demonstrations, a raptor class and guided birding trips. Reservations are required.

  • (Apr. 23)Doors Open Madison


  • (Apr. 28 – 30)Art Attack

    Harbor Country, MI

    The eight Lake Michigan towns between the Indiana border and Warren Dunes State Park offer gallery receptions, artist demonstrations, theater, music and wine tasting.


  • (May 5 – 7)Mushroom Festival

    Mesick, MI

    This northwest Michigan town is morel central in May, celebrating the spring hunt with a carnival, carriage rides, flea market, duck races and a parade at noon Saturday.

  • (May 19 – 21)Syttende Mai

    Westby, WI

    This Norwegian town, southeast of La Crosse, holds a bicycle tour, troll hunt, rommegrot-eating contest, old-time music, children's tractor pull and a big parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

  • (May 19 – 21)DubuqueFest

    Dubuque, IA

    This downtown arts festival includes dance, music on two stages, storytelling, food and children's activities.

  • (May 20 – 21)WWII Battle Reenactment

    Oregon, IL

    The castle-like Stronghold Center on the bluffs above the Rock River hosts two daily reenactments of battles between German and Allied forces as well as a reeanctment of the Battle for Castle Itter, in which Americans and Germans fought side by side.